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Passport Service - Appeals Procedures

Passport Appeals Procedure in cases of decisions to refuse or cancel/revoke a passport.

Section 19 of the Passports Act 2008 provides for the creation of an independent Passport Appeals Officer, to whom a person not satisfied with the decision of the Passport Service in relation to their application may apply (e.g. in the case of a decision to refuse or cancel/ revoke a passport).

The Appeals Officer may (i) uphold the decision or (ii) recommend that the Passport Service set its decision aside. The Appeals Officer writes to both the appellant and the Passport Service with his/ her determination.

If the Passport Service decides not to accept the recommendation of the Appeals Officer, the Passport Service should notify the Appeals Officer and appellant of this decision, and the grounds for it, in writing.

If a person wishes to appeal a decision of the Passport Service, they should make a request in writing to:

Passport Appeals Officer
Department of Foreign Affairs
80 St. Stephen's Green
Dublin 2

Decisions on refusals of applications on citizenship grounds are outside the remit of the Appeals Officer and should be directed to the Department of Justice and Equality, which has responsibility for citizenship matters.

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